just received your new dentures. whether you're a seasoned
veteran or a newdenture wearer, we're sure there are many
questions which may need to be answered. We hope that the
following information will prove to be helpful during the
next few weeks of your denture adjustment period.
to wear a new denture can take time. Don't become discouraged
if you find some difficulty in the beginning. YOU'RE
NOT ALONE! Please do not listen to friends who tell
you how easy it was for them to get used to their dentures
and how they can eat everything and anything. They are
either bragging, have greater bone and gum support or
their memories may be poor. Your dentist will help you
through any difficulties you may face or any situations
that may arise during your adjustment period.
lower denture usually takes more time to adjust to than
an upper denture. The tongue may feel restricted and will
tend to play, sometimes even subconsciously, with the new
prosthesis. It will soon adapt to the restrictions and to
the new feeling that a denture presents.
to eat only soft foods for the first couple of days. Then, as
you progress to more solid foods try to eat slowly and deliberately,
attempting to place even amounts of food on both sides at the
same time during the chewing cycle. By placing food on both
sides of the mouth at the same time, you balance the biting
forces on the new denture and will help to make it more stable.
The longer you take to eat your meal, the faster you will learn
to master your new prosthesis.
to take small bites at first. Cut all your food into small portions.
If, and when, your gum tissues are strong enough to try foods
which are bitten off (bread, corn on the cob, etc. ), try to
press the food against the back teeth on the upper in order
to stabilize the denture.
is perfectly normal to experience some discomfort associated
with sore spots during the adjustment period. Nature did not
intend for us to wear hard plastic against soft gum tissue.
It takes a while for the gum tissues to firm up and to accommodate
to the hard plastic denture.
sore spots should develop (and in some cases they do not), please
be sure to wear the denture for at least 24 hours prior to your
adjustment visit! If your dentist can't see the sore spot visually,
it is sometimes impossible for him to make the necessary adjustments
aloud during the first couple of days will go a long way in
reducing any minor speech problems which may result from wearing
a new denture. If speech problems continue to persist, please
let your dentist know.
unclean denture is neither healthy, attractive or comfortable.
Clean you new denture every morning and night with either a
denture toothbrush and denture toothpaste ( if necessary, any
toothpaste can be used ) or with one of the commercially available
denture cleaners. Please be sure to check with your dentist
to make sure that the commercial cleaner will not interfere
with the type of denture liner you may have in your prosthesis.
Permanent soft liners and temporary soft liners react poorly
to most commercial cleaners.
prefer that you leave out one or both of your dentures at night.
This allows your gum tissues to breathe and also relieves them
of the constant pressures of mastication. When left out of the
mouth, all dentures should be left in water to prevent warpage.
tissues are in a constant state of change but dentures are not.
Therefore, periodic relining of your dentures may be necessary.
If you find your denture getting looser and mastication more
difficult, this may be a sign that a reline may be needed. It
is very important for your dentist to see you regularly to evaluate
the state of your oral tissues and to determine if additional
treatment is required. Dentures typically need to be relined
or remade every 3-5 years.
try to adjust your dentures yourself ! Home remedies, although
simple, will only lead to trouble.